Massive wildfire becomes largest in California history, in pictures

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Redding Calif. on Thursday

The Carr Fire burns along Highway 299 in Redding Calif. on Thursday

Fire officials expect it to take another nine days to fully contain the so-called Mendocino Complex Fire, which had scorched 273,664 acres (110,748 hectares) by Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, an area almost the size of Los Angeles.

Firefighters have managed to get it 47 percent contained, challenged by varying wind patterns and rough terrain that includes steep drainages.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been puzzled by the claims from the president, according to Fox News.

The two fires, the River and Ranch fires, burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident. The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two neighboring fires that have scorched through thousands of acres each day and destroyed 75 homes.

Through July 29, the agency said it responded to 3,770 fires across 292,455 acres. "This year's changing weather pattern is leading to more severe and destructive wildfires". Can be used for fires, farming and everything else, ' Trump tweeted Monday afternoon.

Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.

The Carr Fire, which incinerated 1,067 homes, started with sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire, Department of Agriculture and Fire Prevention officials said.

Those two fires grew to a combined 1148 square kilometres to become the state's largest wildfire. In reality, there are zero reports of water shortages for any of California's ongoing firefighting efforts, and there are zero places in California where water is diverted to the ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!'

Officials say the monster infernos - 155 miles north of San Francisco - threaten to destroy more than 11,000 buildings and mass evacuations have been ordered as the flames continue to spread.

A Cal Fire spokesman declined to comment on Trump's claims but said crews did not lack water to fight the flames.

'California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized, ' Trump wrote.

"California is going through a really heartbreaking fire season right now", he added.

And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line".

Three specialist firefighters from South Australia's Country Fire Service are being deployed to Canada where authorities are battling more than 450 fires in the British Colombia district. Jerry Brown for a presidential major-disaster declaration, which would help fire victims in fire-ravaged Shasta County in the northern part of the state.

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